The Denver Broncos had a huge haul in the 2019 NFL Draft that would have been considered an ‘unrealistic’ class. What’s the 2020 equivalent?
Heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, if you had put together a mock draft for the Denver Broncos that included all of Noah Fant, Dalton Risner, and Drew Lock, you probably would have had to convince people that the Broncos were going to somehow acquire three first-round picks.
The idea that the Broncos could get even two of those guys was a pipe dream, much less all three. Yet here we sit, and this photo is not a mirage or a Photoshop job — it’s reality.
A year ago at this particular time, I would have guessed that all three of these guys would be off the board in the top 32 picks easily, and that maybe there was a chance one of Risner or Fant could sneak out of round one because of the positions they play.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Drew Lock could be a second-round pick, or that the Broncos could acquire all three of these guys and not only that — they added a third-round pick in this year’s draft in addition!
Even if you look back at the 2018 NFL Draft, Bradley Chubb should have been off the board by the time the Broncos picked even at fifth overall and Courtland Sutton was expected to go in the middle of the first round to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Broncos have had some serious favor in the NFL Draft lately, and I’m not expecting that to change in a draft class that is clearly deep at the positions the Broncos seemingly need the most at this point.
So what if the Broncos are able to essentially repeat last year’s situation of getting three guys in the first two rounds no one really thinks they could at this point?
I think it would be fun for everyone to dream up their own scenario, but I would see a scenario where the Broncos trade down from 15 to the 25th overall pick, pick up an extra two and three just like they did last year, and come up with a first two rounds that go something like this:
1. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
2. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
3. Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Obviously this ideal three could change based on how free agency would go, but at this point in time, I think trading down off of 15 and still getting Ruggs would seem like a scenario that feels like it has already crossed into the realm of unrealistic based on his dynamic speed.
What if it could happen?
What if not only that could happen, but the Broncos could also get one of the best cover corners in the draft as well as one of the top offensive tackle prospects?
Again, everyone’s three would look different, but there have been some people who don’t quite think Fulton is a 1st-round guy, and there are others who believe he is a top 15 guy.
Jones has been getting some first-round love lately, but it seems completely dependent on who is talking about the tackle class. You might get 10 different top five lists from 10 different analysts at this point.
If the Broncos were able to have these three players as their top three picks, imagine what they could do with three more picks in round three!
They could still address needs on the interior offensive line, add another playmaker at receiver, and pretty much do whatever they want because this doesn’t take into account the way they would spend their free agency money.
Sure, it may seem unrealistic, but that’s kind of the point of this exercise, right? That’s how the 2019 draft went. That’s how the 2018 draft went.
Let’s see it happen again in 2020.